By eliminating array-gaps on the tracker at all pile mounting locations, the SF7 achieves complete tracker module fill that enables greater yield. And by reducing parts count and installation labor, SF7 also achieves a lower installed first-cost, the company says. “With SF7, our customers advantage is increased when they must compete in low and falling PPA bid circumstances,” said Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec.
Other features of the SF7 include: fewest piles-per-MW, greatest installation tolerances on steep-slope and irregular land, and the greater site-fill options of a short tracker that mounts twice the modules per independent-row tracker length, the company adds. The design can mount slopes of up to 17 percent.
“SF7 incorporates DC Harness and String Runner installation innovations that combine to better manage PV array wiring with less cabling material and less installation labor,” said José María Lozano, Soltec’s Global Engineering Director. “SF7 is self-powered, and provides tracker level near field communications; together reducing costs of material, installation, operation, and maintenance,” he adds.
Soltec has manufacturing facilities in Spain, Brazil, and China, as well as offices in Denmark, Chile, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. Earlier this month the company reported its first Mid-East sale, a 16.5 MW PV plant in Jordan. The company gained UL 1741 certification for its PV Series Power Supply used for self-powered trackers in April.